Six Steps to Surviving Your First Breach

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Communication

Step 4: Give everybody the answers they need, not the answers they deserve.

From end users to executives, the No. 1 priority during a breach is information — information that’s going to take time to acquire. Making clear decisions and acting on them is the top priority during breach discovery and remediation. Give your users clear, absolute answers on why you’re shutting down large portions of the network unannounced and then do it if that’s what’s necessary. While it’s critical to share information about the incident, it’s more critical to actually investigate it. Consider setting up some type of rapid response communication to stakeholders to avoid the inevitable time wasting one-off replies to “What’s the status?”

You’ve come to terms with the truth of the world; eventually, you’re going to suffer a security breach. Maybe it won’t happen this month, or this year, but as the great sage Tyler Durden so incisively observed, getting breached doesn’t determine whether or not you have a good security program in place — but how you respond to one does.

Once you accept that everything that can go wrong will do so at the worst possible time, there are things that can be done today to help rein in the trials of the future — things you can set in place to allow you to expect the unexpected.

Disavow yourself of any notion that the work you do in network security is “protecting” the company’s assets. Your mission is to analyze how the network can be attacked, with the hope that you can control the battlefield elegantly enough to be able to respond to all attacks adequately. Network security is as much about technology as the game of chess is about little carved figures on a checkered board.

 So, thinking strategically, what can be done today and what can be put aside for later? In this slideshow, AlienVault discuss six key actions you can take today to prepare your organization and help you when your executive team is breathing down your neck for answers they wanted an hour ago.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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